Educational Resources

Freedom's Journey Curriculum & Resource Guide

Opening night of the 2012 International Festival of Arts & Ideas will be a performance by SING THE TRUTH! with Angelique Kidjo, Dianne Reeves and Lizz Wright, honoring the music and spirit of great women in jazz, folk, R&B, gospel, and the blues. This event, and countless others at the Festival, celebrate actions toward justice.

In this spirit, we have assembled this Resource Guide to explore the lives of two pioneering Connecticut women who 'sang' the truth: opera giant Marian Anderson and Connecticut state heroine Prudence Crandall. Through their actions, these women made great strides toward justice in their times, and continue to inspire. We hope students will reflect, and create, and be inspired to find their own voice of justice and change.

Click here to download the educational resource guide.

The Sing YOUR Truth Poetry Contest

Attention Connecticut Teachers and Students Grades 6-12! Add your voice and tell us who inspires you.

Connecticut students grades 6-12 are invited to enter this poetry contest that invites you to sing YOUR truth!

How to Enter

1) READ the poems, articles and reflections in this guide and learn about these two extraordinarywomen. Be Inspired!

2) WRITE your own poem, song, or creative expression about someone who 'sang the truth' and inspired YOU: through their work, their life, their actions, or their example. It could be your teacher, your brother, your favorite musician or even one of women in this guide. Poets selected through this contest will be invited to read their work as part of a Festival Ideas event, and will also be invited, along with two members of their family and their teacher or mentor, to be guests of the Festival at the SING THE TRUTH Concert and VIP reception on June 16th, 2012


Who is Eligible: All Connecticut Students in Grades 6 through 12
Deadline: June 1st 2012
Send To:, or Sing Your Truth, International Festival of Arts & Ideas, 195 Church Street 12th fl, New Haven, CT 06510

Please type all entries and include the following information: Parent/Guardian Name, Student Name, Grade, School, email Address and Phone Number
Questions? Contact Elizabeth Donius, or (203) 498-3750